Sunrise Day Camps
Where kids with cancer can just be kids!
Often isolated from the normal activities of childhood, children with cancer rarely have a chance to see beyond the closed worlds of home, hospital, and doctors’ offices. Sunrise Day Camps change that, opening the door to a new world, making it possible for children to enjoy a camp experience filled with exciting daily activities, enduring friendships, and laughter, all while catering to their special medical and emotional needs.
Our day camp programs are offered free of charge on a non-sectarian basis to children ages 3½–16 (ages 3½–18 on Long Island). This includes children who have been in active treatment within the last five years, provided their doctor clears them to participate. For our preschoolers, we offer a modified program specially geared to their age.
At Sunrise, we understand that when a child has cancer, it affects the entire family. Siblings, too, face challenges as the family’s focus turns to the medical needs of their brother or sister. That’s why siblings are always welcome to attend Sunrise Day Camp, whether or not their sibling with cancer can attend. Our camps provide siblings a place to play, interact, and escape from the constant worry often found in a home with a chronically ill child.
We strive for a world where cancer will not be the defining factor in a child’s life. At Sunrise, we aim to provide hope, love, and an extra ray of sunshine to children and families navigating the difficult world of pediatric cancer. We embrace cultural diversity and celebrate every child for their uniqueness.
A Day At A Sunrise Day Camp
From morning greetings filled with smiles, songs, and friendly chatter on the bus, to a day packed with activities of their choice, and a cool summer snack – every day at Sunrise is filled with fun, friendship, and laughter. Campers enjoy activities ranging from arts and crafts, drama, yoga, S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), sports, swimming, mini-golf, and music. Our facilities offer both indoor air-conditioned comfort and outdoor open-air shelters, ensuring a pleasant experience for our campers.